Doolally All Stars 2018


On the 20th of December 2018, Khar was twinkling. Trails of genius were left behind as Doollaly quizzers trooped into the taproom for Doolally All Stars 2018. Hand-picked from the best performers at the Doolally Live Quizzes and #doolallyq: the Doolally Twitter quizzes, the stage was set for a free-for-all to determine who was the best of the best. 32 were invited, only 1 would win.


As it is with Thinq2Win and Doolally, we love experiments. This time was no different. We included a unique format: play as a team, win as an individual. But that is for later.

In the prelims, we had a back-to-school theme where questions were in the style of a examination paper. Complete with a bit of drawing involved. There were fill in the blanks, and we even threw in an equation to be solved.
The second part of the prelims was a ‘standard’ quiz with questions and visuals shown a powerpoint presentation.
And the points? Rather you should be asking about the pints! Whatever the stars scored in the prelims, they were entitled to those many pints of beer!

Top 16 individuals got into the finals. With topics ranging from Food to History and Literature to Sports and Hollywood, the questions were enjoyed by all. Video questions added an unusual flavour to the Doolally quizzes, and the umami was loved. We also introduced the pounce system in the Doolally quiz this year, which ensured a team got points if they knew the answers.

Yes I said “team”. Because though the winners were individuals, they played as a team. After every 8 questions, a star’s teammate was changed and the scores earned till then divided. What’s more is that after 16 questions, the bottom teams were also eliminated. This brought a thrilling sense of urgency throughout the quiz.

The quiz ended in a showdown between two teams: a written themed round. And it was only on the last question that the winner was declared! Another awesome All Stars ended with a new king, and everyone went home with lots of beer and memories to cherish.

The quiz was hosted by our very own star host, Deven Deshpande.

Read the All Stars report for 2017 here.


This is from the prelims. Can you solve for X?
Answer by commenting below!

1. Prithviraj Kapoor called X to see a play at Prithvi Theatre. He suddenly asked x to go on stage and play the tabla. After the show, he embraced X and asked him to join Prithvi Theatre, which Y frequented. This was where they met, and the rest is history.

2. X and Y are the only two women during the Open Era to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals: from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open. X won all four of these finals. In 2017, X defeated Y in the Australian Open Final, allowing her to pass the German Z’s total of Grand Slam titles.

3. His father being from Braavos, W adopted the Titan’s Head as his sigil. W befriended Hoster Tully. Thus, W’s son X grew up with Hoster’s daughters Y and Z. X would love Y and marry Z.

4. X + Y = 18, X - Y = 4